Those invested in Miss Universe will likely be surprised to see the 2021 competition this Sunday being cohosted by Access Hollywood's Mario Lopez and former pageant winner Olivia Culpo instead of Steve Harvey.
Given that Steve has hosted the annual show since 2015, his absence at this year's 69th Miss Universe pageant, which will take place at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, will be missed. When announcing Steve's replacements on Twitter this past April, Steve tweeted back at the Miss Universe organization, "I miss you guys — but I'll see you for the 70th!" On Instagram, the organization wrote back to Steve, "We’ll miss you too – but we will see you soon!"
So where is Steve Harvey then and why is he not hosting Miss Universe?
Based on the exchange above, it doesn't sound like Miss Universe and Steve have parted ways for good. The most probable explanation for Steve's absence this year is a scheduling and/or traveling conflict, given that Miss Universe has taken place either in November, December or January over the past five years. Just last month, Steve had reported being in South Africa filming season 2 of Family Feud Africa. Steve also hosts the Ghanian version of Family Feud Africa and, of course, both Celebrity Family Feud and Family Feud here in the United States. Besides that, Steve also has his hands full with his Facebook Watch series, Steve on Watch.
So, yes, you could say that Steve is a busy man. And no, in case you're wondering, the show isn't cutting ties with him because of his infamous 2015 Miss Universe flub, where he mistakenly announced Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutiérrez as the winner when it was really Miss Philippines Pia Wurtzbach.
While we wait to see if Steve officially returns to Miss Universe next year, we'll enjoy seeing Mario and Olivia guide us through the 2021 competition, which was delayed a year and a half because of the coronavirus pandemic. Needless to say, fans of the pageant world are most excited to see a new Miss Universe crowned, no matter who is hosting the event.
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